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France (1993 – 2007)

Elend is a band from France formed in 1993 by composers and multi-instrumentalists Iskandar Hasnawi and Renaud Tschirner. The band’s name is German for “misery”, however “im Elende sein” is also an Old German expression for “to be far away”. The music can be described as gothic and orchestral music with post-romanticism undertones, or simply violent neoclassical. They are often classed as a metal act due to the fact that in their earlier days, they were signed to a label that released metal music almost exclusively. In actuality, though their sound has sometimes been very violent, they have never been metal of any form.

In an interview with a French magazine posted in June 2007 on their website, Iskander Hasnawi indicated that the costs and difficulties of recording the orchestral music associated with Elend have made it impossible to continue with the Elend project. Both composers will be continuing with personal projects, including L’Ensemble Orphique.

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  • DubhSidhe


    19 Apr 6:28pm Reply
  • hanelli

    q coisa boa

    4 Apr 9:51pm Reply
  • GraveHill1992

    Elend >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...........>>>>>>>>>> Arcana

    27 Mar 11:43pm Reply
  • BrunoBasta

    Elend is teasing on Facebook: "Mihai Teodor is there any hope??" (for a new Elend release) "Elend: ;)".

    26 Mar 7:31am Reply
  • Photophobia

    Confounded though immortal...

    20 Mar 8:19am Reply
  • gothikaceltic

    their music is beautiful but it makes me feel not fine

    8 Mar 8:37pm Reply
  • Dreamsomnia

    I can't listen to their music, it tortures my mind like Zdzisław Beksiński's paintings :-/ Not that they all weren't talented though...

    22 Feb 9:06pm Reply
  • fionariker

    so beautiful.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TenebresBand

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BrunoBasta

    I agree… no response on FB as well.

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ToSeethernity

    I miss them so, so much! The website seems to be down, no more updates since 2012 and neither Ensemble Orphique nor the fantastic Redbird released their long announced albums... This is extremely frustrating. I'm still listening to everything that Elend ever released and to the 2 sparkling songs of Redbird... I would die to listen to a new album of one of the former Elend members.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Elka6

    Beautiful music :)

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Numquamm

    About the Elend / Arcana debate; The serenity of Baroque theme in Arcana is different from the Romantic passions and persistent Violent aesthetics in Elend ,this difference creates some substantive differences between the two bands; Also Arcana and ELend have two separate illustrations of Darkness and Silence in their musical realm.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Numquamm

    ایلند یک پدیده ی ِ غریب است ؛ پیوند ِ جهان سرمازده ی نوا های ِ الکترونیک با گرمای ِ اُرکستری از ساز های ِ زهی از یک سو و دمیدن ِ تاریکی و خشونت هایی بایسته از سوی ِ دیگر مخملی اثیری بافته است. هرچند دوآلبوم ِ اخیر ِ حلقه ی ِ "نوشندگان ِ باد" گوش گیر نبوده اند

    24 Nov 2013 Reply


    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Romulus666

    Not living up to the hype, IMO

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • PJPSounds

    Hello everybody, you might find this interesting,+Cogita,+Sile+(2013). Cheers

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BrunoBasta

    You can hear one sample by Ensemble Orphique via Soundcloud. It seems to be a more experimenting, less classical side of Elend, an electronic continuation to "A World in their Screams". And I wouldn't compare Arcana or Elend with any of the older and bigger projects, because both band are very unique and they took their own path, this leaving the DCD basis they both claim. I could also here the similarity between Elend and the French baroque composer, Jean-Féry Rebel ("Le Cahos" from "Les Elemens et Autres Pieces").

    18 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    @BrunoBasta Is this 'Ensemble orphique' Elend-like? Recommended tracks? Thx. - On Arcana. Not really similar. Arcana sounds more like a Dead Can Dance project. Whereas Elend to me, sounds more like a mix of old 3rd & the Mortal, Ataraxia and/or Stoa and even Coil, Tuxedomoon or Current 93 in some experimentations.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
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